A SWIMMING WHAT?

Today the waters were a warm 51 degrees F here in lovely Puget Sound , Alki, Seattle. The vis cleared up to 30 ft once we got away from shore. While I was hanging out in the water column at about 28 ft.~ the little less than one inch thing came swimming by. It was just too cute.   Is this some kind of swimming Nudibranch, bubble shell.  I couldn't quite get a focus with my camera to get a photo. But this thing is moving with its flapping wings. This one is for motion.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So_Bl-GwJts Have you seen anything like this?Rhoda

 

Winged Sea Slug

Looks like it could be the Winged Sea Slug Gastropteron pacificum. It has many common names including Pacific Wingfoot Snail.

 

You didn't mention where you saw it other than the Puget Sound, but, I have seen them in several different places ranging from Langley Tire Reef to Redondo.

 

 

Sea Angels!

Yup, I'd agree with Tim. I have called them by the common name of Sea Angels. They're VERY cool to watch and it's great you caught it on video, flapping its wings all over!

First time I ever saw one was in Hood Canal at Sund Rock.

- Janna :)

Janna Nichols
Vancouver, Washington
PADI Instructor
REEF Marine ID Instructor
www.pnwscuba.com
Seen any cool critters lately?

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Pacific wingfoot snail

Thanks, Tim, I have to correct myself. Yes, I see it it Lamb and Handby's book and its assortment of name.  However, the common name "Sea Angel" is used for the Clione limacina on the next page. P250.

 The site I am exploring in Alki, Seattle, 53 ave. CSO.

Janna, who uses the name "Sea Angel" for this winged bubble shell? 

Rhoda Green

Pacific Wingfoot Snail

Rhoda,

I think the 'Sea Angel' nickname is just a Janna-ism :) They flap their wings and are just heavenly to watch!

Actually, I think the first time I saw one of these I mis-ID'd it - I had found something similar in Pacific Coast Pelagic Invertebrates and it seemed to fit. So, for me, the name stuck.

It was years before the Lamb/Hanby book came out.

- Janna :)

 

Janna Nichols
Washington State
PADI Instructor
REEF Marine ID Instructor
www.pnwscuba.com
Seen any cool critters lately?

><((((°>

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